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Summersell Center Director Quoted in Recent Articles

The Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South Director, Dr. John Giggie, was quoted recently by both U.S. News and Realtor.com. Giggie added commentary to a story for U.S. News addressing a move by some leaders to include wayfinding aides to a proposed expansion of US Hwy 43 through Marengo and Greene […]

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History of Us Featured in Recent Edition of Collegian

A History of Us An article about Dr. Giggie’s “History of Us” class, the first Black History class taught in an Alabama public high school, was featured recently in the College of Arts & Sciences magazine, Collegian. “On a January morning, 18 Central High School students sat around a circle of tables in their first […]

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History of Us Curriculum Looks to Expand into Other Alabama Schools

  History of Us, the ground-breaking, student-centered Black History course developed by the Frances J. Summersell Center of the Study of the South, in conjunction with Tuscaloosa’s Central High School, is being taught again this year. The success of the program has attracted attention from across the state, where other school systems are seeking to […]

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Dr. John Giggie to Participate in David Mathews Center’s Civic Institute, August 21

The Mathews Center will host its annual Civic Institute on August 21st, 2020. The event will be held entirely online. The theme of this year’s event is Common Bonds: Collective Purpose and Civic Resilience in Uncertain Times. Dr. David Mathews, President and C.E.O. of the Kettering Foundation, will deliver a (pre-recorded) keynote address drawing on his experiences at […]

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Summersell Center Accepting Applications for Short-Term Research Fellowships

To support the study of southern history and promote the use of the manuscript collections housed at The University of Alabama, the Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South and The University of Alabama Libraries will offer a total of eight research fellowships in the amount of $500 each for the 2020-2021 […]

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Summersell Center and Civil Rights History Task Force Publish Civil Rights Trail Book

Director of the Frances J. Summersell Center for the Study of the South , Dr. John Giggie, working with students from his class on Religion and Civil Rights at The University of Alabama and members of the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Task Force, recently published a 37-page Civil Rights History Trail guide for the city of Tuscaloosa. […]

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